WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Road Victory Gardens. "With rationing, they helped to ease the national food shortage, freeing up goods for the troops," he says. The college even housed caretakers at 146 Weston Road, "to look out for the gardens" in exchange for rent. As post-war interest in Victory Gardens waned, a "gentlemen's club" was formed to keep the spirit of community gardening extant on col- lege property. It is this collegial group that morphed into today's Weston Road Garden Club. The college's willingness to share its land with residents during and following the war emboldened town officials to press the college for a landfill lease. The town was in need of a temporary dumping area in that pre-Recycling Facility era, and – under duress – the college agreed. An indenture of September 1955 leased to the town 22 woodland acres (three lots) for a Sanitary Landfill at the annual rent of $1 for a period of 5 years. The agreement stated that "the town may remove trees situ- ated on the 17-acre parcel" but must, in turn, "plant along the southerly line two rows of white pine trees or other suitable trees three to five feet in height." Officials complied, planting 13,800 seedlings in 1960. (Wellesley College recently tested the disposal area, finding marginally elevated levels of two contaminants likely to require remediation.) The landfill lease encouraged other town agencies to try their luck. In 1975 the Wellesley Recreation Commission – anticipating 990 par- ticipants in soccer, up from 72 in 1966 – wrote to Wellesley's Vice President: "We are sorely in need of additional boys and girls soccer fields [and] propose that a portion of your 48 acres of land be con- verted into four soccer fields and a parking area." The College, though, had other notions percolating for what it now dubbed "The North 40." Golden Agers and Gardeners In December of 1973 a memo from College President Barbara Newell announced the formation of a committee "to explore the possibility of the college's developing a retirement community so that students could know older people and so that these people could take advan- tage of the college." Intergenerational learning featuring college faculty 88 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 The Coveted "North 40"

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